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Penne in Vodka Cream

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"Penne or rigatoni served in a vodka cream sauce. So easy and when you make it, everyone is so impressed! The sauce can made a day in advance, which really brings out all the flavors."
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30 m servings 654
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
  2. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium low heat; add vodka, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Blend in tomato sauce, tomato paste and cream; increase heat to bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Reduce heat to very low and stir in cheese; add cooked pasta and more cheese, if desired. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 654 calories; 33.1 62.4 13.3 98 497 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Hi this is Dawn, if your meal tasted too much like vodka, chances are you did not simmer it long enough. The vodka taste burns off! Enjoy

Most helpful critical review

We didn't like this at all. There was an after-taste that was not appealing. I will not make this again.

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Hi this is Dawn, if your meal tasted too much like vodka, chances are you did not simmer it long enough. The vodka taste burns off! Enjoy

WOW..Thats the 1st word that popped into my head once I made & tried this recipe. Put it this way, now at every famiy function it is my duty to make this. I scaled it to 25 people & had it for a...

This was delicious!! Everyone loved it and I can't thank you enough for sharing such a great recipe!!

Very good. DH and I thought this was a nice change from the regular marinara sauce (even if it did look a little too much like tomato soup LOL). I added frozen Italian meatballs and chopped mu...

Very yummy and easy to boot. I like that it's quick and also made with ingredients I usually have on hand. I did add a bit of garlic and a bit of ground oregano to round the sauce out. I served ...

I just made this meal for my boyfriend and we loved it! I modified the recipe slightly. I added garlic to the butter as it melted to give it more flavor and a can of crushed tomatoes with Ital...

Great! But I had to leave out the crushed red pepper in my next batch for the pennevodkophiles.

this is my favorite recipe EVER. Comes out perfect every time!

I have been using this recipe for years, it is a family favorite - thank you Dawn! I agree, anyone ending up with a strong Vodka taste didn't simmer long enough. We've never had an issue with ...